Crime/Fires Capitola Police Department receives $47,797 grant
Posted: Thursday, Nov 13th, 2008

Child safety seats and a new traffic enforcement program are coming to Capitola as a result of a $47,797 grant that was awarded to the city’s police department by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

“The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program grant is designed to assist in efforts to deal with increased traffic safety problems and reduce the number of persons killed or injured in traffic collisions,” Chief Richard Ehle of the Capitola Police Department said in a press release. “Grant activities will specifically target DUI drivers and drivers with suspended driver’s licenses. This will be done through the use of saturation patrol, DUI checkpoints and court sting operations.”

The grant money will also be used to purchase new equipment and increase special traffic enforcement measures, as well as provide funding for child safety seats and overtime to conduct special child safety seat events.

“When more people buckle up and drive sober and safely, we save lives. It’s just that simple,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant will help make Capitola just that much safer as a place to live, work and play.”

Funding for the grant comes from the Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.